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Going to Aberystwyth for a sunny day out on the beach or a weekend away? Frequent rail services can take you to Aberystwyth from Birmingham in less than three hours and from Shrewsbury in less than two hours, so you'll be exploring the city in no time.

The solid and imposing terminus building of Aberystwyth station was built in 1925 by the Great Western Railway, but trains first started arriving in the town in the 1860s. This was a period of major change for what had been, up to that point, a country town. The railway created a tourism boom, with the town’s first pier opening on the same day as the new railway line, and hotels began springing up on the seafront and elsewhere in town. One such development fell into bankruptcy and was sold to become the University College of Wales in 1872 – renamed as Aberystwyth University in 2007. During term time, almost half the population of the town are students. Alongside regular train services, Aberystwyth station is also the terminus for the narrow-gauge Vale of Rheidol Railway, a steam heritage railway that runs for almost twelve miles between the town and Devil’s Bridge through the beautiful countryside of Ceredigion.

Station details & facilities

Trains to Aberystwyth station

Aberystwyth train station is mainly served by Transport for Wales trains, which connect Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth in 1h 46m and Birmingham to Aberystwyth in 2h 51m.

Need more information on how to get to Aberystwyth by train? Check out our dedicated page to trains to Wales.

How to get from Aberystwyth station to the beach

There are two beaches you can easily reach from Aberystwyth station, North Beach and South Beach – they are only a 10-minute walk away.

Aberystwyth train station departures and arrivals

Want to know when your next train from/to Aberystwyth station departs? Scroll down this page and click on the ‘Departures’ tab if you want to check all trains departing from Aberystwyth railway station or click on the ‘Arrivals’ tab for more information about all services arriving into Aberystwyth.

Aberystwyth train station has a single main-line platform, accessed via Alexandra Road or the station car park. Within the station, there is a coffee shop and a restaurant, a ticket office and machines, and toilets off the platform. Aberystwyth bus station is just outside on Alexandra Road.

Aberystwyth train station parking

Aberystwyth train station has one car park, which is located near the main entrance. Step-free access is available here, as well as throughout the whole station.

Hotels near Aberystwyth train station

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Frequently asked questions

Is Aberystwyth station open?

Aberystwyth station is open every day that services are running to and from the station. The station usually opens just before the first train of the day leaves and then closes after the last train departs. Ticket office opening hours may vary.

Are trains running today from Aberystwyth station?

Trains arrive into and depart from Aberystwyth station almost every day, although there may be fewer services during the weekends and bank holidays. Check our live train times for up-to-date information on trains running to and from Aberystwyth.

Are there toilets at Aberystwyth station?

Yes, there are toilets available to use at Aberystwyth station.

Are dogs allowed at Aberystwyth station?

Yes, dogs are allowed at Aberystwyth station, but they should be kept on a lead or in a pet carrier at all times.

How do I get from Aberystwyth station to the beach?

It's really easy to get from Aberystwyth station to the beach – you can choose between the North Beach and the South Beach, both of which are just a 10-minute walk away.

Departures and arrivals from Aberystwyth

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Aberystwyth station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to CarmarthenTransport for Wales16:35On time
to Birmingham InternationalTransport for Wales17:27On time
to CarmarthenTransport for Wales17:35On time
to ShrewsburyTransport for Wales18:28On time
to CarmarthenTransport for Wales18:35On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from CarmarthenTransport for Wales16:22On time
from Birmingham InternationalTransport for Wales17:21On time
from CarmarthenTransport for Wales17:22On time
from MachynllethTransport for Wales18:20On time
from CarmarthenTransport for Wales18:22On time
† Average savings on advance fares booked at least one week before day of travel vs Anytime fares purchased on day of travel. Subject to availability. Excludes coach.

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